LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University officials are expected to travel to Mexico this month to explore opening a new campus there.
Chancellor Tim Hudson tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/Umegkz ) that under the plan, ASU Jonesboro would form a public-private partnership with businesses to teach 3,000 to 5,000 Mexicans in the state of Queretaro within four or five years.
The Democrat-Gazette says that if the school pursues the plan, ASU-Mexico would be the first large-scale international branch from an Arkansas university.
Hudson says that as Mexico's middle class grows, so does the demand for higher education. And Hudson says Mexico's universities don't have the capacity to meet the need for a more-educated work force.
ASU's exploratory trip comes after Queretaro Gov. Jose Calzada Rovirosa and other Mexican officials visited Jonesboro in September.